ELECTRA team at the First Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids

Beijing, 4th – 6th June 2017  

The Eight Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2) events were held from 6th to 8th June at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

As a side event of CEM8 & MI-2, the first deep-dive Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids (MI IC#1) was co-organized by the three co-leading institutions: IEE CAS (CN), RSE (IT) and IIT (IN). The event, gathered experts, policy makers and innovators of Smart Grids from all over the world and consisted in a two-day closed door meeting - at the IEE CAS premises from 4th to 5th June - and a public side event of CEM8 & MI-2 at the China National Convention Center on 6th June, where IC#1 was officially launched.
With the presence of representatives from 12 member countries, the EC, IEA, IRENA and Austria as an observer, the successful closed door meeting, allowed experts who are active contributors in Smart Grids to meet and exchange experiences, best practices and common issues on Smart Grids development.
The ELECTRA team, coordinated by Luciano Martini, actively attended the meeting, providing the European view on Smart Grids under technical, business and policy points of view.
The closed door meeting allowed to outline key messages, such as the importance of Smart Grids to connect renewable energy to the power system and the role of IC#1 in discovering how to get to a 100% clean energy system.


In addition, the main objectives of the side-event held on June 6th were publicly announced: accelerating clean energy revolution towards the road on 100% renewable energy and enabling future grids powered by affordable, reliable, decentralized renewable electricity systems.

IC#1 was officially launched by Ministries of the co-leading countries (China, India and Italy) and the participants shared their ideas and expectations for Smart Grids. Three panel discussions focused on strategies and plans, R&D challenges and business opportunities for Smart Grids, allowing ministers, business leaders and experts to share their knowledge and perspective on the importance of public investment for innovation and the ways that the public and private sectors can engage more effectively.
The participants from all over the world shared their innovation activities in Smart Grids and clean energy technologies, products, and business models. Industrial companies expressed their interest and availability to further interact with IC#1 and possibly support the related activity.

The progress of IC#1 is dramatically accelerated through this successful event and the future activities will be carried out aiming to support the achievement of Mission Innovation goals.
Finally, the IC#1 activities are fully aligned with the International Cooperation strategically carried out in ELECTRA, making more possible their implementation.